The Office of Textiles and Apparel reported that U.S. imports of textiles and apparel in January-June 2018 increased by 4.50% in quantity and 4.21% in value over the year before to 31,963.38 million square meter equivalent (MSME) worth US$51,488.08 million. First-half imports of textiles rose 6.86% and 10.38% respectively to 19,027.16 MSME valued at US$13,438.08 million, and those of apparel grew by 1.22% and 2.19% respectively to 12,936.22 MSME worth US$38,050 million.
Although the latest revision of several laundering test methods and procedures by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) defines standard laundering conditions for traditional top-loading machines, many labs also have high-efficiency (HE) washing machines. AATCC offers a standard detergent specifically formulated for use in HE washers. One of the most visible features of high-efficiency detergents is that they produce less foam or bubbles than traditional detergents. Excess foam interferes with cleaning and, especially, rinsing. Residue build-up in test specimens, ballast, and even the washing machine can lead to inconsistent test results and damage to the washer. The AATCC HE detergent formula was recently adjusted to produce even […]
The April-June 2018 order intake index for textile machinery, as compiled by ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers), fell 15% compared to the same period of 2017. The index value stood at 103.4 basis points (2015 basis = 100). This drop affected both domestic and foreign markets. In Italy, the index stood at an absolute value of 141.4 basis points; i.e., 13% less than April-June 2017. For foreign markets, sales fell 14%, and the index stood at an absolute value of 99.6 basis points. ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi says, “Surely the global market for the sector tended to settle somewhat. After two years of significant investments, textile manufacturers […]